HC Deb 22 April 1941 vol 371 c15
25. Mr. Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the inequalities in treatment, he can make a statement on the question of the granting of field allowance to officers?

Captain Margesson

Field allowance is issuable to officers and warrant officers when they are required to occupy unfurnished accommodation, whether under canvas, in bivouac, in war shelters or in huts or billets. In certain defined areas within a theatre of war where most of the personnel are necessarily so accommodated, the allowance may be issued to all officers and warrant officers in the area without regard to their individual accommodation.

Mr. Crowder

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that when officers are quartered in empty buildings the Paymaster is refusing to issue field allowance if the barrack officer is able to supply one inventory board, one chair, Windsor, one shovel, one poker and one coal scuttle? This system works very unequally, because when officers are in peace-time barracks they find their accommodation adequately furnished. Will my right hon. and gallant Friend look into the matter?

Captain Margesson

Yes, I am aware that those anomalies exist.

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